Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009
the Cameo and Arapahoe Stations. Phase II Decision by the Commission approved Public Service’s generation resources through 2015.
On June 30, 2008, Aquila Networks- PNG filed Advice Letter No. 528, which is a Phase I (Revenue Requirements) Gas Rate Case, seeking to increase its annual revenue requirement by nearly $27 million or 14.94 percent. Aquila subsequently transferred all of its Colorado utility properties to Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP. Black Hills filed its Phase II (Rate Design) Testimony on September 19, 2008 with the following proposed rate impacts: 4.13 percent increase for residential; 4.40 percent increase for small commercial; 5.02 percent decrease for large volume; 26.24 percent increase for large volume transportation and $0.01 increase per month for small volume and irrigation classes. A settlement among various parties including the Office of Consumer Counsel was reached which provided for a nearly $1.4 million revenue requirement increase. The Commission approved the settlement.
On Nov. 14, 2008, Public Service Company filed Advice Letter No. 1522, which is a Phase I (Revenue Requirements) Electric Rate Case. Public Service proposed an electric revenue requirement increase of approximately $175 million. A settlement among various parties including the Office of Consumer Counsel was reached which provided for a $112.2 million revenue requirement increase. The Commission approved the Settlement Agreement.
On Sept. 8, 2008, Qwest Corporation filed an Application to set the maximum price for residential basic local exchange service, and for an Order from the Commission approving its proposed
rates and tariffs for residential basic local exchange service, measured service, message service, the tribal lifeline credit and the low income telephone assistance program. After a hearing the Commission set a maximum cap of $16.52 for residential basic local exchange service which will be increased to $17 one year after the effective date of the order. The Office of Consumer Counsel filed a Complaint and Writ of Certiorari regarding the Commission’s decision in the District Court for the City and County of Denver. The case will continue in 2010.
On May 1, 2009, Public Service Company filed Advice Letter No. 1535, which was a Phase I (Revenue Requirements) and Phase II (Rate Allocation) Electric Rate Case. Public Service proposed an electric revenue requirement increase of approximately $180 million over the rates set in its previous electric rate case discussed above. After the Phase I hearing a settlement among various parties, but not including the Office of Consumer Counsel, was reached which included an electric revenue requirement increase of approximately $136 million. The Commission modified the Settlement Agreement and authorized a revenue increase of approximately $128 million. Because Comanche 3 would not be in- service until 2010, the Commission authorized an increase of approximately $67 million effective Jan. 1, 2010 with the remaining increase to be effective when Comanche 3 comes on line. The Commission’s revenue requirement decision has been appealed and the final decision will be forthcoming in 2010. A hearing on the Phase II portion of the proceeding will be held in 2010.